Culinary Arts Programs in South Carolina

This page provides in depth data on culinary schools and education options in the state of South Carolina. Additionally, you will find detailed data employment prospects and current pay rates in the palmetto state. [En Español]

Job Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in 2016, there were about 60,040 working as culinary arts professionals in South Carolina. Moreover, there were 2,060 persons employed as bakers, and an additional 10,570 employed as food preparation workers. There were 2,900 employed in food service management. In the decade to 2024, it is expected that employment for cooks in the palmetto state will expand by 6.9%, which compares favorably with 4.5% growth expected across the nation.

Cooks and Chef Salaries in South Carolina

The mean wage for chefs employed in restaurants in South Carolina, as of May 2016, was $10.47 per hour, $21,780 per year (BLS). Head cooks and chefs made a mean salary of $34,320, or a wage of $16.50 per hour, in the same period, while bakers made $23,720 or $11.40 per hour.

Salaries in South Carolina by Occupation

Job TitleTotal EmployedMean Hourly PayMean Annual Salary10th Percentile25th PercentileMedian75th Percentile90th Percentile
Bakers2,060$11.40$23,720$16,820$18,620$22,510$27,860$32,630
Butchers and Meat Cutters2,000$14.30$29,740$18,300$22,400$29,130$35,500$39,650
Chefs and Head Cooks3,450$16.50$34,320$18,160$22,140$30,560$41,310$57,380
Fast Food Cooks14,210$8.67$18,030$16,090$16,820$18,030$19,230$20,450
Food Preparation Workers10,570$10.09$21,000$16,440$17,620$19,630$23,640$28,720
Food Service Managers2,900$22.57$46,940$26,850$33,320$42,890$56,170$74,050
Institution and Cafeteria Cooks8,210$10.42$21,680$16,460$17,850$20,460$24,680$29,620
Other Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers160$10.32$21,480$16,930$19,740$21,770$23,640$24,910
Restaurant Cooks21,750$10.47$21,780$16,490$17,890$20,500$24,680$29,530
Short Order Cooks4,210$9.22$19,180$16,270$17,160$18,650$20,620$24,240

Chef and Head Cook Salaries in South Carolina by Region

area_titleTotal EmployedAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC100$22.82$47,470
Charleston-North Charleston, SC1,190$14.60$30,380
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC650$25.22$52,470
Columbia, SC560$14.35$29,850
Florence, SC**$10.52$21,870
Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC740$19.52$40,600
Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC120$22.23$46,230
Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC210$20.13$41,870
Spartanburg, SC210$13.46$28,000

Restaurant Cook Salaries in South Carolina by Region

area_titleTotal EmployedAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC1,700$10.87$22,600
Charleston-North Charleston, SC4,290$11.85$24,650
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC10,550$11.14$23,180
Columbia, SC2,340$9.95$20,700
Florence, SC680$9.26$19,260
Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC4,210$9.81$20,400
Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC1,510$11.74$24,410
Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC3,900$10.34$21,500
Spartanburg, SC1,340$10.64$22,130
Sumter, SC280$9.08$18,880

Popular Colleges

College Programs

Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, SC Area

The Art Institute of Charleston

24 N. Market St, Charleston, South Carolina 29401
(843) 727-3500
Baking & Pastry – Associate Program, Baking & Pastry – Certificate Program

The Art Institute of Charleston offers multiple training options, including an Associate program and a Certificate program. Classes are taken at their campus in the city of Charleston. The college has approximately 488 students in total, with the majority of students on 4-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges. Tuition fees are around $17,592 per year, while books and supplies may cost in the order of $1,500, although this varies from program to program.

Trident Technical College

7000 Rivers Avenue, Charleston, South Carolina 29423-8067
(843) 574-6111
Baking and Pastry – Certificate Program, Culinary Arts Technology – Associate Program

Trident Technical College offers various Certificate program options for chefs, a Certificate program and an Associate program. All programs are based at their campus in the city of Charleston. This public college has about 15,043 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges. The cost of tuition for in-district students is likely to be around $4,155 and are $4,607 and $7,837 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively. Books and supplies can cost around $2,000, although this will depend on the program.

Greenville-Mauldin-Easley, SC Area

Bob Jones University

1700 Wade Hampton Boulavard, Greenville, South Carolina 29614-0001
(864) 242-5100
Culinary Arts – Associate Program

The Culinary Arts Associate’s program in Culinary Arts at Bob Jones University is offered at their campus in the city of Greenville, South Carolina. This is a full, 4-year private college with 3,005 students, of which 89% are undergraduates. The university is institutionally accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools, Accreditation Commission. The retention rate of full-time students at this college is over 80%. Tuition fees are around $15,550 yearly. Books and supplies can cost about $1,200, although this will depend on the program.

Greenville Technical College

506 S Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville, South Carolina 29606
(864) 250-8000
Culinary – Associate Program

The Associate’s degree program in Culinary at Greenville Technical College is taught at their campus in the city of Greenville. The college has in the order of 12,280 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges. Tuition fees for in-district students are usually around $4,326 and are $4,686 and $8,550 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively, while books and supplies may cost in the order of $1,157, although this varies from program to program.

Virginia College-Greenville

78 Global Dr Ste 200, Greenville, South Carolina 29607
(864) 679-4900
Pastry Arts – Certificate Program

Virginia College offers various Certificate program options for chefs. Classes are taken at their Greenville campus in the city of Greenville, SC. This private, for-profit college has in the order of 289 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. Tuition fees are around $14,632 per year.

Lower Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area Area

Denmark Technical College

1126 Solomon Blatt Blvd, Denmark, South Carolina 29042
(803) 793-5100
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program

Denmark Technical College’s Certificate program is offered at their campus in Denmark in Bamberg County. The majority of of the school’s 1,043 students are on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences. Tuition fees for in-state students are around $4,456 and for out-of-state students approximately $7,796 annually. Books and supplies can cost around $1,500, although this will depend on the program.

Myrtle Beach-North Myrtle Beach-Conway, SC Area

Horry-Georgetown Technical College

2050 Highway 501 East, Conway, South Carolina 29526
(843) 347-3186
Baking & Pastry Arts – Certificate Program

Horry-Georgetown Technical College offers various Certificate program options for chefs. All programs are taught at their campus in the city of Conway, SC. Most of the school’s 7,097 students are on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges. The cost of tuition for in-district students is likely to be in the order of $4,978 and are $6,148 and $9,868 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively. Learning materials may cost about $1,560, although this will vary with the program.

Spartanburg, SC Area

Spartanburg Community College

107 Community College Drive, Spartanburg, South Carolina 29303
(864) 592-4500
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program

Spartanburg Community College’s Certificate-level Culinary Arts program is offered at their campus in Spartanburg in Spartanburg County, SC. This public college has around 4,928 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges. Fees for tuition for in-district students are roughly about $4,300 and are $5,332 and $8,692 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively, while study materials may cost roughly $1,000, depending on the program.

* Tuition fees and accredition status are correct at the time of writing, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (http://nces.ed.gov/). Confirm with college before applying.

Neighbor States

Residents of South Carolina may also wish to review their options in North Carolina and Georgia.